Nat King Cole

Los Angeles Live Performance

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Aside from the numerous recordings by the Nat King Cole Trio for Capitol, there are a fair number of airchecks and transcriptions of the group that have been commercially released. There's nothing particularly significant about any of the tracks on this record, as the contents don't veer far from Cole's studio arrangements for Capitol, nor are there any unusual songs present. This LP is a typically sloppy production by the now defunct Musidisc label. Although it is labeled as being recorded live in Los Angeles in 1943, the Nat King Cole Trio is actually heard in a variety of recordings, including live transcriptions for Jubilee, radio transcriptions for MacGregor, and possibly a few other labels. At times the applause sounds as if it has been dubbed in as an afterthought. Remarkably, the source material is relatively free of surface noise, though there is at times a noticeable wow. Nor has careful attention been given to the song titles and composers, which are either incorrect or incomplete. If found at a budget price, this record may be worth picking up, but there are better editions of Nat King Cole's work available elsewhere.

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